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to staff report, directed to the public, merry christmas. happy 2017. thank you. >>[gavel] >>[adjournment] >> >> >> ready. >> this is actually the first time i've con that all right. sorry to break it all up we're going to get started the regular meeting of the board of education of the san francisco unified school district for tuesday, december 13, 2016, is now called to order roll call. >> thank you, commissioners.
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ms. fewer ms. fewer here thank you ms. mendoza-mcdonnell and dr. murase and a mr. walton and ms. wynns matt haney mrs. yanking if you will please join me in the pledge of allegiance we want to welcome everyone in person for those of you who want to address the board of education please fill out a speaker card and give it before
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the item is called this is included if you want to address the board of the appreciation of one of our board members no approval for board minutes item c superintendant report superintendant lee >> thank you president haney thank you for being here it is a bittersweet and momentous for many reasons the report that i will give is going to be a little bit different this evening and the first thing i'd like to do to share some of the duties of this particular report just in contribute to one of our students that was a victim of
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ghost fire i'm sorry the ghost ship fire 10 today's and that is the principal mr. barry by the and ask the principal to come up to the mike and share some thoughts about our student. >> thanks for coming open friday too that meant a lot were the school of the arts pass away friday second at at oakland ghost ship the community stands together in his memory the cunningham wrote this to music that was performed in his memory last saturday.
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>> hey you were in any dpraem last night you were underlying away. >> looked at me over your shoulder and smiled a glimmer in our eye rest in peace rest in peace. >> thank you. >> thank you, principal payne. >> i'm going to talk about some other events that have been taken place and will take place in the next few days and then we'll united states of america u i'm going to turn it over to president haney even though this is under the superintendents comments request again, we have a special safety net proceedings during this evenings meeting so yesterday, i had the pleasure of attending the sfusd holiday sing
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along along with several commissioners and deputy superintendent superintendant guerrero and many members of the staff so those was the eight annual holiday sing along and superintendant guerrero was a guest musician on the violin i have pictures to prove it, it is several years he's been a member of the orchestra for that extent f evident at director mr. rob danltz accompanied on pee that is goods on teaching life skills to students between 18 and 22 who received special education services thank you to all the students and staff for a wonderful sing along that was a fantastic party
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so, yes if anyone wants to get in the holiday spirit in a future event find your way to this sing along fantastic and last year they celebrated the i f w celebration and three years schools week was champions of inclusion powerful things happen in schools on monday assembly at galileo high school and had many students performances and inspirational speakers and highlighted their buddies program as well as the kickoff throughout the week they engaged in activities in total 75 school sites of those schools 4 early education only and 48 elementary
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school sites and 8 middle school and 15 high schools they working hard to have an assessable and equitable learning community as all schools throughout the district to do this we as administrators teachers and staff members need the equitable access to insure all students feel included in their community in the greater sfusd community thank you for everyone that participated in addition to the schools week we celebrated computer science education week an annual program dedicated to raise awareness of computer science and underscore computing in all schools school across the district celebrated from pre k and others showed
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videos demonstrating the relevance of computer science in students lives or female leader in the institute some schools held family nights and hundred of students entered a contest to show the computing we're excited to showcase that work in addition hundreds of volunteers from the circling the schools invited classrooms to lead activities and talk about the computing on their careers wear a excited to build open this and disruptive who sxeekd in community science and finally before we begin the thanks to our two commissioners ms. wynns and ms. fewer i want to take a moment to congratulate commissioner leak steve and mark
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assistance for their victories in the board of education and look forward to welcoming them back to the board of education in january thank you. >> (clapping.) >> president haney. >> experiment we have the opportunity to say farewell and appreciate as a board and the community to two individuals that have made measurable contributions to the sfusd community and to our schools what we'll do we'll start with ms. fewer for both commissioners a number of 3r5i78gsz i'll open up to the community and then allow an opportunity for the board first, we'll have commissioner mendoza-mcdonnell that has a proclamation from the
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city. >> thank you so much president haney and it is my honor as i said i didn't to give this to you on behalf of the mayor you've been an incredible fighter for the children and been a pleasure to work with you professionally and be your friend i was proud of you and i'm going to miss sitting next to you and listening to our jokes and all the sides comments during the board meetings (laughter) but there is a real honor we want to recognize you on behalf of the city for all your work you've been been on the board a while you'll have to indulge me sandy i didn't see accomplishments are worth noting chinese-american san franciscan was elected to the san francisco unified school district in 2008, and prior to joining the board
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commissioner fewer served on the education advocates for children and youth structural to create a parent advisory committee and the first equality platform and offered resolution toe approaches to student discipline institute the ethic studies and create a parent gave me plan with the i description of lgbtq youth and the first local hire policy for the subject i got engaged that time and chief suhr held workshops and has been the pta president and 11 school side counsels and whereas chief suhr is ms. fewer is a most of the 3
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sfusd graduates and been the moralal conscious the school board for 3 years and whereas ms. fewer got the champaign from chinese for affirmative action and the award from the parents leadership action network and the bold award from the be lgbt center to name a few and whereas the city of san francisco warm-hearted appreciates ms. fewer for serving two terms on the san francisco unified school district with the focus on fighting for the students who need our support and commitment and look forward to her leadership on the board of supervisors representing district one therefore, be it resolved that i mayor of the city and county of san francisco do hereby proclaiming tuesday, december 13, 2016, as ms. fewer day in san francisco thank you
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sandy. >> (clapping.) >> before i call up public comment a proclamation into the board of supervisors where you will be soon and apparently having a longer reason don't leave we want to add there are two we want to reading two of the sclausz she'll not stop being a mom we'll mess dearly here and be it therefore resolved that the board of supervisors of the city and county of san francisco call upon all residents to join us in grateful recognition for ms. fewer commitment to excellence and lasting impacts on the bicycle board an tuesday, december 13, 2016, now i'm going to call comments
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(calling names). >> hello commissioners how are you today, i wrote this down short and to the point he want to thank sandy and until for her tenacity and sandy for her social justice inclusive supportive leadership for the students in the district and proud of sandy and her yes, we can organ to provide a world-class education for the future leaders thank you from me my family and community. >> (clapping.) >> yeah, he just want to come up and share some appreciation for sandy
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since you left kohlman advocates we've missed that and good to see your friendly face on the board when it came to pressure on the speak directly into the microphone. we thought was important and we appreciate you and the rest of the board standing up and helping to pave the path to set an example when school boards across the country should be doing i know your leaving and more pressure on the board members we expect them to steady and wish you well, if your cleavers and the meetings you'll have to go through in the future and good luck with our navigation clear. >> hi, i'm don harris the executive director of the art and i'm here to honor the commissioner for their
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incredible service representing any colleagues he know how hard you work and difficult being on the right side of issues is tricky and knowing with you hits my pleasure to work with you and seeing all the people here jill in 1992 you were elected when gas coagulation $1.05 i looked at a couple of things george w. bush was the president and elected licking ibm bill clinton and jill and i worked on many things you're in media head i have to process to get you into the building you get to cut a retain and sandy before i left for oakland we worked on the prop h and the last thing one o 1:30 in the morning and allotment the last dollar and
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look where that is both of you have done incredible work and done things that matter and care about you and thank you a. congratulatio congratulations. >> all right. board members. >> oh, yes superintendant lee. >> for commissioner fewer yes. >> thank you, commissioner president haney for allowing me to cut the line in terms of making some of my appreciations for commissioner fewer commissioner fewer has been a champion for our students for all the years i've been in san francisco which are 16 and counting and i want to thank you
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commissioner fewer for all of your services our dedicated service as a parent organizer at home advocates and prior a member of 12 pta president terms and your 8 years of service on the board of education we have an interesting history we didn't get off on the positive footing when i came to san francisco but appreciate that - okay. >> we'll keep it short and save the longer version for another night i've appreciated our openness to seeing our relationship evolve and grow and strengthen it happens on a common purpose and value i think that there was a turning point
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he remember i don't know if you will as clearly we talked about your son and just kind of a human moment and that was a moment of connection for us i think it paved the way for a lot of good work we've done together and partnership since then i appreciate that you in your approach to this work including our service as commissioner you've always brought an organizer and he stated connected to the community on behalf of the students and families and that is always difficult and tricky and some respect it is difficult for a member of the board of education but served us really well and you've pushed us as again an organizer and a member of the bruks pushed us to focus on
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opportunities gaps and to have high exceptions of ourselves to help all our students and especially the most underserved and marginalized students to be successful and sometimes, we know that we fail short of those goals but important to continue to hold those goals and to work as hard was we can i appreciate when it is difficult and you've been a model for courageous leadership as well as staff and i'm happy to say that we will look forward to work together in our new chapter you have a bigger megaphone if possible and a friend and supporter as a supervisor thank you.
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>> (clapping.) >> commissioner norton. >> so sandy you know we as we started an board together we remember elected in 20092008 and you've chaejd me and you've pushed me and pissed me off sometimes (laughter) but also (laughter) that's the true it is maturity you've reached out and taught me and ultimately such a good friend and ally i'm just so grateful to you for that on a personal note i'm incredibly grateful how huff met me and my daughter in particular and i'm so i excited as a new that resident you'll be an incredible tenacious fighter for my
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district and told the people how i'm proud to support you you'll do a great job do an amazing job for our students i'm happy we're going to be allies in 70 city hall and you've been a good leader and working hard at great personal costs sometimes and you deserve all success and our thanks for your services. >> commissioner shamann walton. >> thank you president haney i'm going going to try to be brief with any remarks when you run for office the first advise sandra fewer is one of the reasons (laughter) sandy a definitely a friend of mine and you know our original
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part of our journey when i ran for office she wouldn't speak to me we didn't center a conversation the second time a fairly lengthy and long conversation she couldn't support me but would be watching me the moment he was elected to the board of education and had a chance to work on policies and formulating what we wanted to see and the moment we started to take votes and the moment we had a chance and opportunity to see where we were both coming from we developed not only a working relationship on the same page but a friendship you've been mentor you know you've been a great example of a parent as well as someone that fights for their community and focusing on the students that need that the most i'm always going to love and appreciate you for that at
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the end of the day the reason why you make us work so hard and the reason you don't embrace individuals you want to see people will do what they're going to do and not only you've asked for that from us i want to thank you for that we've got a lot more work to do in our new role whether around immigration arrest affordable housing for educators and teachers in the city making sure we do right and other atlanta priorities the city supports the district i know we'll be fighting together thank you for your leadership our mentorship and being up front and focused on the work for the communities that need it the most. >> i really want to thank you
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on behalf of the children and families that you've working hard in our role and we want to extend a personal thanks you may not remember this when i was brand new you asked me to work with the community and he really appreciated your guidance during if process and he had the opportunity to serve as vice president when you served as president of the board most recently i know whether you and commissioner norton introduced the assignment resolution you took a lot of arrows from the communities i'm happy to help you, we didn't prevail but it was a strength of character thank you. >> commissioner mendoza-mcdonnell. >> thank you. i've already said a few things i want to i miss our facial expressions if
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you've sat across if sandy when she didn't like it you'll easily know she doesn't like it i'll miss how you work with the students and you always go to the students first when it comes to issues that are impacting them this is a beautiful i'm going to miss her venting session we've called each other after night we've seen something that was wrong and kind of had it out lightwell me and tell me he was right in feeling the way i felt and you come out and tell me a story that is similar i'm going to miss just laughing and crying with you we have many times on the board
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where we've been able to share and enjoy and we've had some hard nights but all in all the thing i'll always loved but you to come out and you come out when we need you and you show up and you're so incredibly passionate about this work and with all of that i'm going to go glad your closer at the city hall and you'll give me your facial expressions i'm text you in the chambers you'll be getting support. >> delegates ms. fewer i wanted to share the first time i've been 0 on the committee for 3 years night i remember you
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came in and had a resolution for the slooudz studies classes and direct and beneficiary and wanted us to succeed in the past 3 years has proved that i'm grateful for your leadership for all students and families in the district thank you. >> you know i think everyone has said everything last week echo, for any part thank you for being true to yourself and for three and four that speaks a lot having a people of color it gives an example of how high a woman in san francisco, california get and as superintendant lee and suggested my school is all about that it gives hope to everyone but how high we can get in life and
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learn into our stories and journey and i'm hoping to learn more from you and i mean, the students don't know but like learning like the stories of everyone like any principal or - it is great to know all the things happening and everyone's voice to listen to thank you a lot for your service. >> congratulate you, you on the board of supervisors thank you for your service on the board of education. >> i will also be brief sandy we'll miss you a lot i think that you know when you think about what an elected official should be and can be you're the person that comes to mind and you know, i think that we need more passion we need
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people who like you are not afraid to wear your heart on the sleeve and an issue that comes from the board many matters to the community and students we can look to you to speak for all of us i feel so privileged to sever with you over the last 45 years to learn and get a sense not just what, if anything, passion looks like but courage we've had things come groven us and people told us nothing we can do or one hundred reasons the answer is no you've refused to take no and called us to a higher level of not just what we should be trying to do but can do so everybody o everything in the board room something that says we're not doing as well, you were mindful of that i'm grateful you're service and also
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grateful perching fewer friendship and the very first issue he worked on before he was sworn in sandra said i have a local hire i wanted you to be part you're a brand new member and you'll learn that example with you and seeing how you move forward policy changes systemic change is an example for all of us i know as a board we need you to continue to take that approach in the board of supervisors and in the city and we're grateful for what you've done and can't wait to see how you shake things up thank you for your service we appreciate you so much. >> (clapping.) >> commissioner fewer yeah oh,
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oh i first himself so i just first want to say thank you, everyone for the kind words par but you know all that honest i feel - it has buffoon such an honor to been given in opportunity to serve the families. this way i think most of you know that you know i'm a fourth generation four generations of my family have been educated with the san francisco public schools i saw this opportunities as also given back to a school district it served my family as well very well my children are successful and thank you to you all the teachers
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it's been really an honor to serve you know what with only person said i started as an organizer pointing fingers at everyone at our meetings and i approached that i think with a lot of anger we could be so much better in fact, and choose i had a picture on my arts board for awhile it was just as a joke (laughter) i wasn't aiming it was a joke. (laughter). >> but i think that we've gotten to know each really we will around a common purpose so the things i've learned open the board are envaluable and will help me in my next endeavor i
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think - want to thank my colleagues for pushing back on me and to apologize if i've pushed too hard or if sometimes my pushing was sounding abusive or sometimes or two strong i will say if they're hard notes but the hardest thing on this board is to say sometimes - i
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would say that, yes many meetings i have been discouraged but sometimes when you see the change that brings you to care the most i think that is to the things that also derives us the hardest when we look at the inequality all over the place what is happening and look at outrage own data it is a report card in our bureaucracy it is a reflective of us as a system how we serve and i've learned how hard everybody works i know it is easy quite frankly to stand tell podium all over the place point our as everyone is - i
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never saw myself care, he appreciate every single person i've worked with in the district
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the tenacity how everybody works so, so hard i'm completely humbled i know i came to the podium i apologize but i'll say i've been completely humble i get it people work so hard and work and belief and it is only because you work hard we're here dough in this district that leads our equitable but i hope to be a good friend and supporter of san francisco unified school district those 8 years eave learned so much about myself and people in general but about the city and the equality that happens in san francisco and so i know how hard those dollars are to secure i mean,
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i'll protect that money at city hall those dollars are spent well everyone and everyone who has been on the committees that we ask people to serve on all the parents the community members everyone does it out of love of education and for our community i want to say thank you to them and thank you to our parents and all the people that make that better and better and better to punish us to be the best we can be to establish the teaches teachers when i read aloud and you're there about an hour and you say okay i'm so glad i'm not here the whole day he can't imagine going back so the work they do is so, so hard so this
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is been long if he can end and say i wish our in any board of education commissioners the best of luck the ones sitting here we hope you'll continue the great work we've done and thank you to everyone and the voters of san francisco for green house leaders the opportunities to serve it's been an yes, ma'am measurable honor and humbly for the opportunities you've given me and please, please push on me in my new elected role some of the votes we have i've been terrified the votes that are coming i know i'll be terrified too but not not afraid to do the right thing so push me to do the right thing and holds me accountable because
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you actually and everyone in san francisco you're the shareholders of every decision i'll make so push harder thank you. >> everybody please join me in appreciating sandra fewer for her serve. >> (clapping.) >> thank you commissioner fewer all right. to now we will move to the farewell and appreciation of jill wynns and again practice to ms. mendoza-mcdonnell to
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start. >> thank you jill my honor to do this proclamation on behalf of mayor ed lee to recognize all of your years of service for the commissioner wynns was elected in 1988 conducting the longevities board members in the history of the board of education and whereas during our 10 years she's expanding four bond measures a parcel tax over one decade and served as clear or chair with divisions and whereas commissioner wynns has been instrumental in the renewable of the enrichment fund to support libraries arts and music programs and whereas
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commissioner wynns believes that the students need nutritious meal and not miss an advocate for the programs and whereas commissioner wynns offered the resolution establishing the parents citizens advisory and pushing to establish the parents relations and whereas commissioner mendoza-mcdonnell steadfastly the jrotc programs and believes that student choose to be part of program derived the invent from their participation and whereas commissioner wynns has been a tireless advocate for public schools statewide a delegate and president of the california school boards associations and nation wide as a member of the board delegation and the delegation and whereas the city of san francisco is
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greatly appreciative for commissioner wynns 28 years of public service to ensure our schools and families getting the best tints for success now therefore, be it resolved that mayor ed lee the mayor of the city and county of san francisco is hereby proclaiming tuesday, december 13, 2016, as commissioner wynns day in san francisco. >> yeah. >> director kim has a premeditation from fiona moss. >> i want to do this at the podium and have the commissioner wynns with me and the students
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at the podium to be with me. >> board of equalization fiona wanted to be here to congratulate commissioner wynns but you'll be reading the recognition commissioner mendoza-mcdonnell is president-elect trump completing her tenure and whereas during her years been champion and held to pass all measures since 1988 including board bond measures to repair schools and whereas jill wynns has worked to empower
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students and participants and establishing sfusd star bathroom, to provide center support for under professionalism schools that helped school to improve and jill wynns has served on the board of directors on the california school board of education and for the counsel of urging or urban schools and there's versed in education issues and best practices and be it therefore resolved by the finally on moss honored jill wynns for her outstanding stiffer services
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>> (clapping.) >> (clapping.) >> all right. before we go to public comment we have a proclamation from the board of supervisors again i'm read the last two clauses whereas commissioner wynns was also a professional theoretical custom designer in the theatre the opera and others organizations and therefore, be it resolved that the board of supervisors of the city and county of san francisco call upon all the residents of san francisco to join with us in grateful recognition of jill wynns commitment to excellence and lasting impacts in the san francisco unified school district board of education thihininn
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tuesday, december 13, 2016, with that a long list of folks to honor you i'll start with former superintendent beginning and formally city attorney and call a batch after that. >> thank you, very much. good evening, commissioners superintendant lee i like you in that seat by the way, (laughter) >> (clapping.). student delegates and executive assistant and staff and members of the public i'd like to begin by congratulating sandra fewer on her election to the board of supervisors good luck in all your future combaefrgs it a truly a pleasure to be here along a grateful staff to honor and bid farewell to jill wynns
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for believe 24 years of extremely dedication and leadership i will provide a few snapshots of the many, many stories i shared with the commissioner my association with jill is personal as well as professional and the store begins in 1993 jelling was gwen first year i was the principal of ablt high school any future positions will is a genesis connection 14 more years until he retired in 2007 and the association after retirement is going on to the 9 year about 23 years so far my first few years at lincoln was challenging but fortunate that the commissioner included
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lincoln high school where chairing on the students at the many, many brother hood and sisterhood assembles she was there >> jill compassionate side was revealed to me when she stated for a all the nights vigil for our principal peter's who deed in a tragic accident at the age of 33 you know jelling it is 20 years next week then when i moved commissioner wynns worked with me and staff on the high school graduations requirements the critical jrotc program and vending machines and
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the come back coca-cola resources and at always of crisis she was there for support and wade in the superintendents conference podium for news of missing pioneer students at a camp down south and another time dealt with the anger staff and students over the marshall with the riots with the police department later as a chief development officer he sat an important committees as staff set up a translation office and capacity the school health program for school safety the wellness program and nurses and beacon centers and margaret was through nutrition and after-school programs and setting up a decrees response
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and emergency plan 2004 when we served as a deputy superintendent jelling was interest to navigate nourishing situations where the superintendent was working live where and major responsibility that transmissions into the role of the intern superintendant with the help of community members the prop a passed in 2006 commissioner wynns continues her quest to complete the art masters plan and with other conversions and staff permit me to deviate i'll be remiss if i didn't acknowledge my formally executive assistants who is here and didn't edit my speech and also our former general council luis. >> personally he will be grateful it jelling for sticking by my side what i was bitten by
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angle insect my foot swelled i'm not kidnapping to the size of a football we walked i linkedin rather she walked on the streets of beijing to find angle ice pack no walgreens but got the ice from a local restaurant without speaking schiens went are and the trip that eddy luggage was lost and borrowed one of the supervisor yee suits too bad no facebook i'd like to read a message from one of commissioner wynns many admires graduated in 2009 and earned a ph.d in aerospace and business from stanford university shawn
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who was a delegate recreation and parks department the student advisors council that is the message from shawn ms. wynns has graciously dedicated her life to the san francisco unified school district in all matters she's maintenance a student first focus every action an idea and words was a thoughtful displace of commitment to the students stating vital in helping to reestablish the student advisors council that is another fine example of her leaves work although she's leaving her work with live on and thank you to the student delegates on the boards one of them anyhow and
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jovrnd chiu my former student is yeah i'm getting old by the way, shawn lives in los angeles with his wife abby and sends his appreciation and congratulation to commissioner wynns we solute you job well done. >> you know when eirs here at the school board i agreed with whatever beginning had to say it's true are sperntsd you do look good up this ms. fewer the city is lucky to have. >> he helm thank you. >> jill my friend we've had
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month vaufrjz over the years i promise not to tell all about you if you promise not to tell all about me suffice it to say i have known well as we all do of you've dedication your care of deeply about the families and children's of san francisco and we've been the better for it i'm going to say this to you as well as you embark upon new charters let's see keep in mind your service locally but state and nationally and today, we are not an in originaly times when we have at the national level people going to be in charge of education that don't appear to believe in public education so you may think as others don't
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perhaps your work has just begun because we're going to needs all of your wisdom and our experience to join with others in reminding this great nation how important mr. public education truly is you have work to do my friend thank you. >> (clapping.) >> all right. i want to ask margaret former director the dcyf and former executive director and a close friend of jill's. >> well this is a thrill to be able to pubically thank jill wynns for her extracoronally contribution to how city how many of us not been in a room
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who they say less ask jelling she'll know the answer i don't know what we'll don't you'll be in the room louis for public health that started as a parent and advocate i want san francisco is we've worked together if she's the author of the legislation that apartments victoryy council is a major force in the districts we have a long list of causes she's xamentd that includes the commercial free schools act that was controversial and she always takes on the controversial things and it is become a national bible the most sought over piece of legislation in district has passed she really believes that schools are an institution not just for test taking an early advocate for the first clinics for peer resources
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and nutrition experience that was got soda and chips out of school try to get that out of schools she's been a champion for after-school programs an opportunity for the young people and took on that issue as pointed out i'll be the first one probably the only elected official been a alcohol, tobacco & firearms and made sure that soda was named after someone who was her good friend and an advocate so for the arts a real advocate opposing segregation and has made it her business to learn everything how to make sure that happens what is legal and what isn't
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she's been the major champion of financial equality that's how we make sure that the money goes to the east side of town to the young people that actually need the resources the most she's the budget guru with an of 10 peep in the state it understand the estate budget that makes her enavailable especially, as the role overseeing the district she's the most visible person on the board in sacramento stand at the estates superintendent campaigning for prop thirty he said he was the best champion for that. >> the thing he love most about what she stood for about keeping the public education and
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point out sometimes you can judge people by the enemies some of her enemies that called her out rushing limping bow whether you take an controversial stuff and tom fisher said if he had anything to side with that she's she'll not be elected for taking on and opposing you know our kids the fact of the matter if o the school anyway she won 3 times after that erupted prevention and hope she will continue to lead both in the city at the estate level, nationally and jill thank you
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you've been an inspiration to me you've been a tutor you've been a colleague you've been a friend for a quarter of a centuries we're lucky to have you and thank you very much. >> (clapping.) >> all right todd's david see
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thank you, thank you for the opportunity to stand up to commissioner fewer tenure i'm relishing and acknowledge a debt of gratitude to commissioner wynns for a number of things
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outlined by margaret but the idea of being a stalwart champion for arts in the schools and recent events hit that point home for us for friendship was the remember it is the creative implus that keeps our children in school a purr their individualism and commissioner wynns understand that and public education should indeed be public soon to be a foreign expect in this country and i think we'll learn in short order
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how hard we're willing to punish against the forces that make it harder in this country for education to be the great equalizer and acknowledge jelling mentorship of so many myself include in firing me to think more critically of myself about the value of public
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service - how much of a debt we owe i hope that this is not been to late for you to be recognized for the tireless service and is example you've given so many of us what it means to be a hero in times like these we'll have lots of opportunity to prove to ourselves and parents and children if indeed we're the best advocates and have commissioner wynns to thankfully for the example she's set for all of you thank you commissioner wynns. >> bravo to at all you all
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that including the part of the arts. >> i'm the autism director and served many years proudly on the campuses of the school of the arts i'm the founders of the department theatre at the los angeles i returned to public education connecting the arts committee and met a board member names named she was innovates situated and stand up to the participants and stood up for the dignities of public schools and public schools as the mainstay of the democratic system she'll not be shrines by too many of them had short
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memories and not standing with her i remember i saw it happen one day i was in any the woman told her don't be seen talking two jill wynns the boss didn't like her the likes we've not seen in the theatre and here was this woman jill wynns standing up and defending public education from prevention and questioning others and reading the realms and realms of paperwork that crossed her desk and making time with the teachers last week so many eave watched them shoveling the patterns and talking while she spoke this was a civil time when this behavior was not the new normal we endure i wanted to ask the writing is on the wall how she got through it she said she had a job and the they know she
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hatred the most not to let fear stands in her way i remember what was wearing when she said it is that a big thing in neuro skaefs here was that woman is felt the shrinks and arrows glue but not defenders rezoning districts nationally her opinion but thinkers and set a tone of serious december carriers when those around her, she took in information and makes up her own mind she set a tone the real deal and raised the bar for ill of us told it to us straight syrian you'll not want to hear this i hear i and disagree no
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kidding those who doesn't knew her were for the paying attention he took the rap for a position they laughed they thought he got genesis to do something she stood in human resources own shoes to know jelz is to accept the fact it was not easy jelling is a bound by integrity and a morale campus and local option she waves the defense and i'm proud to serve last week so many others i'm waiting to see what is next for this amazing leaders in the theatre most often the most important assess the potato said the hope is the they know with features in those low december honest times when the toxic it is normalized and overview is
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infected around the world perhaps the features in the sculptures must be made of metal we need leases lesbian jill's and his own the wise women were respected and listened to drawing cycles around the stars from the burr and bringing in of new leave women were not marginalized we've seen this normal list on every fwrj the woman is a unprofessional and beware the woman that wants to leave the abandonment of the local and the right obvious letting he's judge those woman that ton to determine when the going was tough i'm talking
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about jill wynns and last week women last week this room are honored and listened to and not asked to disappear not told their talk too much they're the most knowledgeable and the very resources that saves ourself reader that the head of the excavation matches that of all that came our way those are new times times when wisdom and women like jill when silencing to lose the site of our survival less honor those women that dufr or deserve - thinking no longer dominate our public leadership and the public schools are innovate put in the marketplace
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on this night let's say thank you to the public servants to grace san francisco in service to children - a hero a leader and let's pray in our hearts she continues to grace us with her love a lot of us are cheering you an jelling in act 3 we need you more than ever thank you. >> (clapping.) >> good evening commissioners have to agree you look at very good in that seat but start off would congratulations to ms. fewer and expect great things from you and grad we have a friend on the board of
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supervisors thank you we had a little bit of school members i had a rocky separate with jill i'm so glad that i was able when i was working in the public schools to really tap into our knowing and wisdom and mefrnd me in the difficult education funding i don't know if you remember one time i'm sure hydra will remember he want on national tv to defend public education and had to go in a crash course pubically and jelling gave me stuff to read i was in the hotel room in la and what does that mean what should i say if they say this this was really crazy i wanted to say our support for
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arts education and the arts plan has been amazing i'm looking forward to work with you to bring the school of the arts downtowns and on harris as a private citizen will be successful and thank you so much jill and really appreciate everything excuse me non-compliance going to hesitates on mayor ed lee i don't know i'm we've come a long way walker good evening have an official role but a graduate of the lowell high school and spent many late nights in the room a got has not in the audience it is what we got but sandy's congratulations western pga in the night as advocates and congratulations to our board of supervisors jelling was elected
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to this board he of those entering plea last semester at the hover high school 8 grade hey, there are some people in the room that weren't born i think i'm big deal niece i say jill wynns namely as a name on the practice ballot we got to side at the church that's where my mom voted and my hole one of the first job assignments as a kohlman advocate employee was the protest so jelling was there we're protesting because we nooetsd ethic studies and protest we could not get condos and enough things in the school he didn't know was that the advocates we had and jill wynns i watched her while he was at cooling man and when i work to
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work on the ask the council those are all the different episodes from i know trying to fix it once we got promotions pass and partnerships with the board of supervisors and the mayor and creating that joint relationship we had money to do things in the school those long-drawn-out meetings we if agree with we didn't agree quay touched base so we could move forward we appreciate your jill i have a couple of not so successful things i appreciate our in those and just the work you'll continue to do because you've proven you're an seat to the community with the state
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advocacy work and the budgets we heap your not going far you'll definitely be needed in years to come thank you. >> hi jill i'm a parent in the district i'm not a professional anything not a professional educator not a professional anything i was all may life and too children in the school board was was difficult and all of you smiling you indicated him he's a fine man with two children of his eaten and a citizen not to me but to you and he wanted to come tonight i flew in from new orleans to say to you jelling thank you very much when we had
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troubles in the schools he met with the members of the school district and jill was incredibly wonderful and met with the parents and talked with us and helped us figure out how to solve problems she was graesh, she was generous and thoughtful, she was you know lovely in the way she approaches each problem that we had and married it easy to and she empowered parents to work on solutions and so that i'm very grateful for all of the work over the years one of the most important things you understood many aspects and did our homework as a school board member that was clear also, he watched i for all 24 years watching many, many deft people come and go you have shines in an amazing way and
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been a very fine board member this school district will miss you and they can't say help it because of the work that you've done all of those years and the people of this district will mess you and he will mess hearing about the things that you've done but we know that you will side more work i think so this is the moment in time and it is important that you move into in any work and help us as a nation not make the kinds of mistakes that the new orleans school district has made where i live and were any dwrarn children will go to school jill you're my hero and he thank you. >> (clapping.) >> jill i've been in the last 9
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years for our kids i'm here in the room for i today thank you i'm a parent of two high school graduates from lincoln high school a produce of public education and a first generation chinese of immigrants are parents that came with nothing percentage but you and others have done is to give me a future to our killer i'm here to thank you your self-less serve our city for 2 had years i'm sad
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to see you leave we've benefited from our service for all those years in the 9 years eave worked with you, you have gains may respect and my admiration because you put our students first you don't back down as a progressive and as oats war activist you supported our students because you knew that the jrotc program benefited our students that's our primary focus you've served as a steward if in district understanding the budgets and as kroef he never understood the analysis about
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when he say fabulous that didn't means so for that and for your unswefr support for students even when if benefit you personally and in fact, made things difficult for you thank you thank you for your services, thank you for your placement of our constitutes and this district didn't know how much they'll miss you until you leave thank you . >> (clapping.) >> hello, everybody. >> my name is jean richmond son the president of the united administrators of san francisco and i wanted to take a moment to speak to before sandy's and jill
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on behalf of the our 200 and members. >> humane it's a running joke 282 he work in sundays bietsz this will be quick you're the e pet of our kohl core values and diversity driven you are unified and lock arms he a lot of that but must or most of all our fearless you started when i started may first year we've been teeth on a permanent needed i want i to know i watch you and admire you and learned a whole lot airline continuing the green again work and you to continue your good work in your chapters
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to best wishes >> (clapping.) >> all right. (calling names) >> i'm not going to talk about her work as a commissioner but talk about her characters as a friend as a parent, as a human
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being and her commitment to san francisco city both me mom and jill had a wonderful love fair share with san francisco therapy vvltd in the willie brown well-being well-being in terms of but as my mom's friend they were fighting and disagreed he hugged and cried and went through the the ups and downs parents you know media mom has 4 boys jelling has 3 kids of their own the guy behind me a tremendous amount of laughter and a lot of part of why i'm
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bringing up the qualities here dignity and sense of humor those qualities of a friend translated into a her role as a sxheshgs with san francisco and he admire you for that i think i'm not alone. >> i'm hoping truly hoping our going to do that fword i wanted you to be a fwraept and cook pieces jelling cooks some amazing pieces. >> (clapping.) >> and her grandkids i want
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that gift and enjoy the leave i have in front of you so thank you very much. >> thank you commissioners and board of education and friends so moving to see you show up and the support of any mom jill wynns i don't think i can add this is the work for her you know personally seeing 2 into did personal sites through the years of her work other than the board is you know sort of a combootd in two things if you're they're shooting at you, you're doing something rights she's
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what shadow many arrows with before and aftery and the dignity we know her for and also our you took responsibility i don't know if i can live out as much dedication as she's done for the children of the city of san francisco and maybe combootd best but all of the people who know her eave never met and when they found out what my last name is they think my mom is from. >> (clapping.) >> we should be lucky to have a wonderful tribute from the public and know i'll feel my hive is well lived if people say
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that to my soon in the room and look forward to what is in the future and the city and county of san francisco will miss the service you've provided so equal over the years we a lot of you and proud of you thank you. >> (clapping.) >> i'm here representing for the representative of the rating communities and one of the founders of san francisco mission grief i want to express a haddy colleagues for your 24 years of service your commitment and has been a mentor to the leadership the community our
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first director trashing i didn't brown they organized at your board meeting a number of people your tenure you've seen over 5 superintendents and been searching for 4 intrunts our wisdom and leadership are appreciate as well as you can the doors maybe closing here but new doors radio opening and have plans for your leadership and with our children so he want to sea thank you, thank you for your work. >> commissioner wynns thank you for all you've done i
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started out as a parents the time she started and my children were at the center she wanted to close it down, of course, he didn't think want that to be closed i called every board of education member the inference that got back to me requests jill wynns but the first one was jill wynns and she sat there and heard me out and heard did parents concerns and we argued about positions and why that was better to have a bigger high school and yard hue much more kids will benefit from the heel built and he sat there thinking he was wrong but an vaccine he wanted that yard what do i do so she told me you negotiate and go
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in this happens he fight for everything you president reagon you a politician and/or vaccine i was confused over the years been an advocate eave met with her on hundreds of ordinances if you guys know me i have a hundred issues i'm from the mission (laughter) that's hue it is we've got another issues and african-american communities yes eave filled up the auditorium and we demanded negligent guess what my daughter will congratulate it is within the challenging things to get my daughter there but guess what all her books and authorized that people of color the most rewarding thing to see the work we've done together over the
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years eave benefited if that finally so hard as to get my daughter there school and the rest of my kids finally from jool that was beautiful and totally benefited from it what i've learned from jill how to listen she's listened to me i've gone to her on so many different things recently
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>> if i was a artist i would draw it out for you because that is who you are to me and any time i have a issue i will call you. thank you so
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much for your picking up that call 1994. thank you for answering that call and thank you for showic how i can be a advokit framy kids and all kids because when i came to you i fs just thinging of my kids and you showed me to look at all kids. thank you for being a warrior for our children and representing us and hearing out everything from the mission. thank you to all you guys for hearing me out. [applause] >> calling up namesism marry [calling out names]. >> good evening commissioners.
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former superintendent, current superintenedant. i thought i would say a few words from the perspective of staff. somebody just said that commissioner wynns had been here for 5, i have been here since november 2004 interim superintendent lee is my 5th so i won't speculate since 1992 how many others there were but clearly there has been an amazing run of participation and leadership on behalf of the board of education with commissioner wynns that i think we are all grateful for. when i first came to the district, not understanding san francisco unified, nobody stepped forward larger than commissioner mendoza-mcdonnell and missioner wynns and at the time commissioner mendoza-mcdonnell
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was run for the board about what it would take to rebuild the san francisco unified school district and make our buildings some of the finest in the nation and that cause was later adopted by commissioner [inaudible] when she joined the board and no where over the course of my tenure have i have bigger allies and champions than furor and wynns and think the students of san francisco in the buildings that they go to school in every day are recipients of their energy, their wisdom and their passion with every one of our student no matter where they lib in the city, no matter where they come from, whether they are newly arrived in the united states and have been leer here for decades deserve to be taught and learn in the finest buildings that we can provide. and i believe thanks to their help we have some of the finest and most beautiful schools in the
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nation. they have helped me and my team help do and achieve that goal. i think we will be forever grateful and i certainly am grateful to both of them. i like to add on a note, i share a very odd thing in common with commissioner wynns rchlt both of us were foreign exchange students in sweden. not quite at the same time, she was in [inaudible] there is only 500 miles apart but the bond of the swedish language among two people in california gave us a odd one so thank you commissioner furor and the good times and fights that we had and thank you commissioner wynns for all your support. staff and everybody at the facility department greatly
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appreciates all of you. [applause]. >> good evening. my name is mary ashenburrer and taught in the mission from 1968 to 2004. i taught at mission high school for 33 years. the last time i spoke before the school board was in 1996 and the president of the school board kept cutting off my micro phone. i hope that doesn't happen tonight. in 1996, i was speaking in defense of the programs mission high school introduced between 1994 and 1996 that by all district and state measures had resulted in a profound increase in student performance, student atenedance and school climate across all grade levels and all ethnicity. our
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success brought accolades from around the country. i was addressing the school board because at that time those in positions of authority at the district office had the majority the school board members rewarded our remarkable success by removing our administrative team , removing many faculty and systematically eliminating all the programs that had resulted in student success. their actions brought cichaos to the school and destroyed student progress. what we had achieved, they deliberately destroyed. so threatening had the actions of the district become that our student newspaper was awarded five first amendment rights awards for "having the courage to speak the truth on behalf of their audience".
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then the stud want newspaper was eliminated. there was only school board member at that time who had the integrity and courage to challenge the actions of the school district and speak out on behalf of mission high school students and faculty. that person was jill wynns. while other school board members remained silent, but passively went awrong with destruction of mission high school, jill continued to speak out regardless what her colleagues thought or impact on her position . for as long as i have known jill her only interest is act in the best interest of the students. while others use election to the school board as a stepping stone to political office, jill's focus remained. her only interest to work on behalf of the students of san francisco.
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such integrity and dedication is rare, especially in san francisco. to those who currently serve as members of the school board and to those newly elected, i challenge you to be as passionate about the students as jill is. i challenge you to be as unselfish about your own political futures as jill is. i challenge you to have the guts to speak out when those around you sit quitely as the actions of the school district or not those on the board undermine student progress. i challenge you to have the fortitude to dedicate your life to the students of san francisco. thank you jill for your services and dedication. when we needed your help back in 1996
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and all you have done since then, it has been my honor to know someone of such selfless service to young people. i wish you god speed. [applause] >> i'm speaking on behamp the cac. katie rustle and gym [inaudible] had to live. we wanted to thank jill wynns and sandra lee furor for their work. katie rustle had word written down specifically about jill and the words are tenacity, depth of knowledge, brutal, unflinching honestty so thank you for your service and god speed as the speaker before me said. thank you. [applause]
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>> good evening commissioners. thank you for providing us the opportunity tonight to come and thank furor and jill wynns. i want to thank the commissioners the majority of whom have been paying attention tonight. i know it is a long night. we are all busy. i took tonight off from the musical we are writing about immigration to be here tonight to especially honor jill wynns. if i offer advice to the new commissioners coming on the board it is to remember we can see you and we know the difference between whether people are hearing or really listening and paying attention. jill, you are the real deal. you always listen and you always pay attention. i have a working relationship with a lot of people on the board tonight and for your minuteership and guidance and your support i am really really
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grateful. but working you jill is the most rewarring for me. you honor commitments, answer e-mails, you answer the phone and it is really meant a lot to me. you actually show up in good times, come to see the shows i direct but also in the tough times. i think you know what i'm talking about. so do many people in the room. you never saw this position as a stepping stone to something bigger or better. this is your lifes work and your leadership and wisdom should serve as a model and inspire the new commissioners. your courage, your intelligence and your heart actually make you like all the characters in the wizard of ozrolled into one and if that makes me
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dorathy i can deal with that. i look forward reading your bookment relove you and we thank you. [applause] >> albert ma. shannon dugen? michele [inaudible] ruth [inaudible] audrey hermosa. >> good evening commissioners and superintenedant young, my former boss. ifem rrb susan wong and i am a retired san francisco teacher and administrator and i'm here tonight to publicly thank jill wynns for the support that she has gibbon me while i was here as director of people services and we have developed a very good friendship over the past 24 years. jill and i ceend
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kind of met at our regular board meetings back in 1992 when she was elected to the board and i was gibbon given the task to perform for 15 years of presenting expulgz hearings and i was so afraid offending the board members she and dr. kelly took me aside and said this is what we want to hear. with their help and their guidance, i was able to present eshpelled hearings eeben if we don't want them eexpel we have to because of what they did and the ed code. also as a result of jill taking a interest of the expelled children because plire to my
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being there if a child fs expelled they were excluded for a half year or year, but after i worked with jill i with dr. rohos and kelly, we were able to expand it county school program so we had a place for these stud chbts and i have to say i'm very proud of the fact many learned how to read while in the county program. the other thing i'm very proud of is we graduated over 100 students every year for about up to 15 years and these were students that in the past would have been told to go home. san francisco was taking the or paibing paving the way for other districts in california to provide that alternative. so, the other thing i was thinking about because it is about 5
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years since i have been here i needed to limit my comments to three minutes and so i am limiting my comments to three minutes because all the people that have spoken before me have said a lot of the things i feel i should say but there is no opponent point to saying them because they have been said. however, jill i want to tell you there is life after san francisco unified. as you know i teach golf daily and tony anderson said to say hello to you. so, i'm hoping that one of these days i'll see you out in golden gate park or viz valley middle school with a putter. [applause] >> hi. my name is albert ma from lowell high school. i'm in the [inaudible] program. i just want to say thank you mrs. wynns for your
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continued support of grtc for the past 24 years and i want to let you know how thankful we are to have you on the school board and-thank you. [applause] >> hi. may name is odd ru[inaudible] i too am a cadet of local rotc program and first like to congrtulate sandra lee furor fewer. on behalf of the brugrade and battalion i like to thank thank you commissioner wynns for your unmatched support for the grtc program. a program in which cadets learn to grow in character and exercise leadership and in the grtc
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program we value a lot of things including just to name a few, honor, integrity and selfless service and commissioner wynns i just want to say that you embody all those and exhibit them with unmatched furt nasty when we face so many tribulations, when our wonderful grtc program was facing like many tribulations and we just want to thank you very much for that. [applause] >> hi, my name is shannon dugen a senior at lowal high school. i want to thank you for enjoying my yoors of high school. not only it taught leadership values and communication skill squz gave me the motivation and
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courage to talk to all you, but it has become a second home to me. it is where i run to when i'm in trouble and where i go to cry and where i left my whole heart in and i just want to thank you so much for allowing me to leave my heart somewhere after-i graduate high school. thank you. [applause] >> hi. hi jill. i'm michele [inaudible] i was a cadet back in 2007 at low elhigh school and i remember like audrey struggling to figure out to reach the mic and make sure i'm seen and heard and i know that she was listening every time we came to the meetings to talk about grtc. i graduated in 2011 and this sumaster this fall i'm graduating at san
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francisco state university. my major is asian american studies and minor in education. if i wasn't in grtc and go to these meetings, these experiences have developing me to be the person i am and the leader i'm trying to be and i have been a sf fund volunteer for the past year officially but ever since and graduated i have been mentoring and know so many students from freshman to now, seeing them go to college and myself. they have watched me grow. the kids at lowell and lincoln to know that i can be there for them and listen and i have a presentation, i is a final tomorrow for my multicultural education course at state and this class has really revealed a lot about
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what education is and what education means to me and what type of educator i want to be and whether or not i'll be a teacher, but knowing what students need or people like jill wynns to listen -what they believe in and eeben though i know that there are moments during the school board that those meetings-similar to the older gentlemen, i would shake and cry with my peers just feeling so nervous about what could happen to grtc and know this program has continued on. i know that there is so much that needs to be done and we shouldn't just focus on grtc and go there are bigger issues to tackle. i'm thinking about being a ethnic studies teacher because of my
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experience in grtc to understand that i grew up in outer mission, went to denman and didn't think i would go to lowell. i didn't think i was going to graduate and didn't think my intelligence was good enough to be at that school but in grtc it motivated me to know that it is okay, you will be fine and not that false hope but the real hope that things will be okay because there are people like jill wynns and colonel fullered who is not here today bat that believe in me and 5 years later-actually as a precman in 2007 i wanted to leave lowell immediately but the seniors i met and motivated me to keep going and me going back to lowell and lincoln these past 5 years i keep motivated them to
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just-i was-shannon, odd audrey albert, all the kids that spoke today i talked with them for hours and will never forget how grtc gave me the opportunity to have people to listen to me struggles and pains, what goes on in my personal life so i can suck sed academically and i am. there is so much i will be doing and very thankful for the support of jill wynns and i want those cadets and students i want all the future cadets to know that hopefully there could be another jill wynns and if time goes on maybe i'll go on the board but i'm only 23, so- >> thank you. >> we'll see when that time comes but thank you so much for knowing
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that grtc was definitely a choice for students and hopefully the future board will continue to believe in that. thank you. >> thank you. [applause]. george [inaudible] leo [inaudible] pat calcine, mark jeffries. >> >> commissioner wynns, i am sure at some point in your distinguished 40 year career you thought to yourself, this is lasting forever! i'm sure other times it seems it fs just a cup lt days ago and the reason i know that is 38 years ago i was a student a lowell in the grtc program and to me it seems like yesterday. during
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the 24 years oof service i'm sure you also asked often is it worth it and i'm sure the question has come up because you have been a steadfast and unflagging supporter of grtc and many times when it isn't popular to do so and probably when it is detrimental to your career. i can't say whether it is worth it or not for you but can tell you what it minute for me. my guess is you would say it has been just because you believe in what is right and doing the things that the students need and want and so there is no question you probably are without doubt willing to done what you did throughout your career. for me, my best friends from high school are the ones i met in grtc. i had a pretty successful career in the 31 year career was biltd on what i learned in grtc and 31 years i
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have come back to be a instructor for the purpose giving back to the students. grtc is a program that is pretty loved by the student as you already heard. parent like it, teerchers and admip strairts like it as well, so it shocks me it hasn't has as much-wide spread support as it should have but you have been here for us and for it. with a low estimate i think you probably influenced and supported 14,000 students over the cost of your career and that is just the students on the low end. a parent story came to me, this was a traditional asian parent, didn't want their kid involved in grtc, science and math were the important things but recently that parent said he thought grtc should be
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required subject for all high school students because when he talks to her daughter about the high school speerns the warmest and deepest impression she has were from the time she was in grtc. those are it kinds of things jill you have been involved in supporting. it has been your campion of the program that we have appreciated so much. if it were not finals week i would have every confidence we would have thousands of students in here to tell how much we appreciate it. from the instructors that were not able to be here tonight i want to pass our heartfelt thank jz you have always been there for us and we will always be there for you. thank you. [applause] >> good eebening avenue wn. pat calcsqun have the pleasure of maybe be thg person that has known jill the
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longest. jill, happy saint luceia day. >> my granddaughter lieu sia that just left. >> wonderful. jill and i met in sweden, david-and she was the young person on the trip and i just remember looking at jill wynns and thinking, wow, she is smart. i got to know her better. and of course we went to different schools but as fate would have it we met up in san francisco and everyone has been so eloquent jill, i couldn't do a bit of justice for the many young people, teachers, administrators who have spoken so eloquently about you. i just want to be here personally tonight to say publicly how much i admire your great
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great work in san francisco. thank you so very much and please keep up the good fight. you have a lot of work ahead of you. [applause] >> good evening. my name is leo [inaudible] i'm currently rotc teacher at washington high school and like george [inaudible] before me, a graduate of lowell high school rotc so won't repeat the same stories he told. i will spare you the torture. i do want to congratulate commissioner fewer on the election to the board of supervisorsism i want to share rotc we teach 7 citizenship skills and those are patience, cooperation, fairness, respect, strength, self
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improvement and balance. while you exhibit all of these commissioner wynns, you have those in abundance as a school board member. the one skill that you possess stands above the rest and that is strength. definition of which is, the willingness to stand up for what you believe in and to denounce what is wrong. in your support of the grtc program, and our school district you have become the case study in that skill of strength. as you complete your long tenure we thank you for affording san francisco rotc student the choice to enroll in rotc. please know your efforts have allowed and will continue to allow grotc to fulfill its mission which is motivate young
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people like michele, like all the speakers i'm humbleed to speak after, to mote vaet them to become better citizens. thank you very much. [applause] >> good evening board and good evening supervisor elect. i like to just say first off mark jeffries a apparent in san francisco public schools, my son is a recent freshman at wallburg and daurth a recent graduate from [inaudible] school of the arts. just came home from london. i just want to give a brief thank you to both sanda and jill. i have worked interacted and dived into the octagon with both of them on more than a few occasions. i would like to thank our supervisor elect for all of the things she brings to the table, the things she
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has done on the positive note to better the environment for all student, not just some, but to be as inclusive as possible i want to thank you again for all that. as for jill, the best way to describe what jill bring tooz the board and brought to the board is that a board like anything that involves humans is like a organism. any org anism needs dna. i would say jill is very much the dn affof san francisco's board of education. you need someone who can act as a compass and anchor. who can build on the organism to help it defend against the non stop attacks at circle around what is one of our grandest experiments that is public education. to full till fill
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it and help it grow and expand and keep the organism moving. more often than not jill landed on the right side of history because she has been able to be that dna and collect ive history and tie the lose end together as things and people come and go and leadership evolves. there has to be someone that helps hold this thing together because all you have other lives, this is just another facet to the lives you already carry and i thank you jill for being that and for having done it so long and so consistently and high degree of integrity in everything that you do. now the org nlf is potentially under attack from what can only be described as a flaming clone car of historic proportions. i look forward to jill being able to help propagate
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that dna in the next endeavor she takes on. once again jill, thank you very much for all of your service. [applause] >> unless there is anybody i missed we want to thank everyone who came to help celebrate commissioner wynns. did you put a card in? you can come up. are you here for commissioner wynns? okay. that's not yet. alright. thank you again everybody who came out and provided beautiful testimony and comment. i will now pass it over to superintendent lee. >> thank you president haney and thank you to everybody who is part of this tribute both for commissioner fewer and wynns. i have a few things to say as well and i hearing the stories from some years gone by remind me of
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some of my first impressions of commissioner wynns so i'll just say a couple of things about that. i moved to san francisco in the year 2000 as a young man. i am grown up here in san francisco unified and commissioner wynns was already a veteran on the board of education and like commissioner fewer had been a very powerful advocate before shes elected to the school board. being young and rather naive and not knowing san francisco much less san francisco unified, it was really amazing to watch commissioner wynns in that introduction for me to san francisco and to the school district and my impressions of her, of you, jill, were that you were in some respects fighting a
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uphill fight and no, sir of that took place before i got here but it was very clear that you had defied odds with a great deal of tenacity and smarts and courage and that when you became president of the board of education after you were reelected in 2000, just months after i got here, there was a great sense of accomplishment and victory all most and that want you talking about your own roll but a community talking about your roll and you served as president of the school board for the first time i think in many years i can't remember ever for two years in a row and that was also a testament to the statue you held and effectiveness that you exercise as the leader of the school board. i'll just say a few things substantively
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that you have run through the batting order of issues as board of education commissioner multiple times, multiple issues multiple times, multiple fight squz struggles and victories whether around curriculum or political issues in terms of government relations or facilities issues, the school funding issues that have been threatening our district and our schools for a long time and that still continue to do that. but, the things that stand out most for me out of all those array of issues that you've championed are the funding related issues. so, i just want to say for folks that may not be aware of this, commissioner wynns is either directly responsible or had a really important role in changing the realty of all of our students
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every year and our educators every year so this is just a few things. when i got to the school district and never participated in a campaign before, a local ballot measure and now participated in 9 and commissioner wynns showed me how that got done and that was based on many years of that work before. so, the track record and tally includes a permanent sales tax that generates about $25 million a year, public education inretchment fund which generates over $60 million a year, the qtea parcel tax that was passed in 2008, that is over $40 40 million a year. jill had a strong hand in getting the state to make permanent categorical funding that was previously connect today the desegregation ord squr turning that into a
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permanent funding stream that is all most $40 million a eryoo. all these things together-it is about $170 million a year that we still get every year not to mention the bond that commissioner wynns played a very strong leadership roll. we are talking billions of dollars and many people including everyone on it board of education and our labor partners, so many people our business leaders and community leaders all had a important hand in all that, but for me the person that i associate most strongly with that from my history is commissioner wynns, so when i said priferbtly you made a permanent difference in the lives of all our students and educators that is a small part of what i mean so really do mean that. i also want to say that we know that the work is difficult and
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it takes a toll personally and emotionally and you have showed great stamina both physically, emotionally and in terms of your inner strength and thereat is something that is susan stauter said it very well earlier that that is hard especially for a strong woman to exercise in the face of probably a higher level of attack than men face that are being cor ages so both for commissioner wynns and fewer and so lug lucky to have so many strong school board members that are female and so many strong women in other leadership positions including gwen chan and arlean acerman so i do admire
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your commissioners for having taken those slings in arrows in a role that is often difficult especially based on such a male privilege and think is still with us today. the last thing i want to say is that in terms of the 24 years. we had a long robust tribute tonight and that is a small small gesture of what we owe you as our community and love what susan stauter said about act 3 and that seems so fitting because i know from our conversations you are not finished yet, commissioner. if i may remind everyone, commissioner wynns comes from induinstructable stock. her mother is 102 years old and so we may see a act 3
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and act 4 and maybe more than that, so look forward to work ing for you for many years, commissioner. >> thank you president haney. first of all jill i want to say you have been holding out on the pies. [laughter] i did not know so we'll follow up after this evening. but i do want you to know that i understand when i say that i'm talking about when i first ran for office in 2012 and like sandy was talking about the pointing finger jz being on the outdicide looking in and thinking the seat and role is the easiest thing in the world i would talk to you and you would give me advicement you also youz
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used to tell me you will not be able to do that or that isn't our role on the board and going through an election process and election cycle and seeing people who haven't sat in the seat and ran for office and the criticisms they have of us up here and sitting back and saying they really just don't get it and understand. but from the very beginning even in my first election process running you were also up for reelection and you have always be supportive and someone who has given me advice not only about what to do but also about what the district is about and what we should focus on and we dont see eye to eye 100 percent but we see eye to eye the majority the time and think we only disagreed on one vote, but at the end of the day you have been
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a advocate and champion for the same things we want to see happen in the district around exwuty equity and diversity. you are the epitome of what a public servant is and role they should play. regardless if people agree or disagree with you in any stance there is no taking away the fact you dedicated a quarter century to maker sure our student receive what they need to be successful so that is important and something i cu-mind you for and appreciative of your work on that. not only have you been a leader in the district here in san francisco, but across the state. we go to california school board association meetings. everybody's knows who jill wynns is. if you tell them you are from san francisco, the first thing they say is, you must know jill wynns
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and so that is important because knowing that you have been there advocating for our work and trying to make sure everybody across the state of california looks for education through a lens of equity is important and appreciate you for that services as well. last thing is, will never forget your leadership, your mentorship and your dedication to the district. you are doing this work as a mother, as a parent and family person. it is hard enough as it is so again, appreciate you, respect you and want to thank you for all your years of service on the board of education. >> commissioner . >> there were a couple areas that haven't come up tonight as a colleague on the rules committee you invested time and effort on unglamorous
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things buts as a rument result san francisco is recognized as a leader on state ruptitation. i want to thank you for being kind and generous. a kind and generous colleague on the board. >> commissioner norton. >> thank you. jill i appreciated so much in the time i have known you how you put your service first and always put the students of san francisco first. i know it has been at times incredibly difficult and there has been great and personal sacrifice you made to do the work and know it is your lifes work and you sacrificed other career options do this work and appreciate thats on behalf of my studabout and the people that are here tonight and appreciate all that you have done. you have been incred ibly
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jen ws with your knowledge and minuteered me and appreciate that. at times we have been friends and appreciated that and the opportunity to see another side of you that sometimes the public doesn't see. you are very warm and funny person. very creative and i wish more people could see the humor that you have and what a kind and lovely person you really are. thank you so much for all you have done for the district, for me personally and the students of san francisco and i wish you nothing but the best. i think that you will go on-i really appreciate what susan said about the third act because i think there are lot of options and thinks to take you expertise and service it new height jz enjoy seeing that happen so thank you. >> i just want to reiterate as
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a student perspective being in the arts program since elementary school and service as high school on the [inaudible] and arts committee, i'm grateful for your work for the district regarding all the programs mentioned tonight. thank you so much. >> what can i say that hasn't been told already. just want to thank you for having it door open and always willing to work with us. everybody said great things about you and just great to have-want to learn more about you no like things i never heard. 28 years is a lot and looking up to you and getting to learn more about you and sure others will too so thank you for your service. >> thank you. thank you jill. from the very beginning were always kind and welcoming. i remember having the conversation about how similar
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our lives were coming-raising two kid, living in bernal height jz do the activities we did and activism we both have taken on over the years and during our times with arlean and just a lot of the transitions we have seen over the years has been really amazing to watch you in various settings and i know that you have seen kind of boards come and go and the dynamics that change on them, but i have to say you're consistent. you are solid with the things you believe in and the things that you feel very strongly about. whether it was when you first started on the board or where you are now, if there is anything we can count on around your voice it is how our children should be eating, how strongly you feel about grtc and how strongly you don't feel about charters.
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it is all most like my challenge with ret row active k reso. it is really great to see that. i know there-this is my third term on the board and there are some years where it was hard for both me to support you for you to support me but we did it anyway and that those arounds us may not agreed with that but think as colleagues the respect we have for one another was solid. i will miss your knowledge locally, state and nationally and to commissioners walton's point you carry a reputation that i think is attached to us and that i think leads to your legacy you leave behind and you have so much to be proud of. i have in the last couple
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weeks have been called the veteran, so that part i don't appreciate you leaving and but you will be missed and i know-it was great to hear so many of your colleagues from early on and just knowing the fire that you have and had and continue to have and just how people really feel so connected to the work that you have done. for people to come out and fly in and be present is just i think speaks volumes about your integrity. thank you again for all you have taught us and i'm sure you will continue to teach us and wish you the very best. it was great to see your family. one thing i will miss hearing the most is hearing about your mother so hope you will continue sharing stories about her and wish you the very best.
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[applause] >> jill, thank you so much for all these years of service to students and families and best wishes ebyour next endeavor. thank you. >> before i say something about jill i want to thank everybody who came out tonight and spoke. i think if there is evidence of your impact and your legacy i think it is reflective in the many people who came out tonight. i certainly always feel like i'm learning something new about you. a new skill or stal talent or a fight you were a part of and led. others have said, your generosity with your knowledge and experience and your insight is incredible. i had the privilege for my first 2 years brand new sitting next to you and as folks have said, being anal able to turn to you and say what is this about and what am i
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spoeed to do, where did this come from and to be able to have your perspective you shared so openly and willingly was incredible. one of the things that i would want to under erscore is so many times throughout your career you have been alone, you have been the voice that is standing up and fighting when others were on the wrong side and you were on the right side and when i think about the stories you share many times i would be like that sound like a totally different world where you were the one voice for example standing up against a charter school and everybody else was lined up against you. all of these stories that just seemed sum completely different than the realty now in the school district and hearing everyone tonight and reflecting on that, it is really the fact that we are now libing living in the dist
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rth you helped create and because you help fight those fights we can sit up here and think this is all normal to have the approach we do to nutrition and the arts and fighting for public education and funding. to me as a board member who has been here 4 years this feels very normal but know it dudant come without you and you standing up and fighting and being on the front lines again and again and again. i really want to underscore also and people have talked about all it different issues you worked on but especially want to thank you for your continued leadership around desegregation. if we look at what happened over the past few decades and the way in which so many in public education stopped talking about this issue add a time when it has
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gotten worse you maintained focus and commitment to that and we are going to miss that and i know many of us will give our commitment to you to continue to work with you and continue to carry on the things you fought for he but want to give you my personal commitment to continue to work on that hopefully with you in your third act and just on behalf of the board thank you so much for your service, for your mentorship and it has been a honor to serve with you. >> i have to begin by thanking everybody who came, most who are not here any longer. the things that were said tonight were just amazing and my gratitude is unending. i will just-in my notes it is farther down i want to recognize my husband george who is


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